San Jose's Immersion Corp., purveyor of all things force feedback, said Tuesday that it will pay Microsoft $21 million to settle litigation that cropped up in June last year, a legal web which also involved Sony.
Now that the Microsoft and Immersion have come to terms, Immersion will become part of Microsoft’s Certified Partner Program.
Immersion's settlement will be a one-time payment for the full amount. Additional terms of the settlement are confidential.
Immersion had sued Microsoft for patent infringement in 2002, accusing the software giant of using its vibration technology in game controllers without permission. The two companies supposedly settled out of court in 2003.
But the two firms did not see eye-to-eye on one of the terms of the settlement agreement, bringing Microsoft to sue the company. Immersion allegedly agreed to give the Microsoft a cut of the bounty if the force feedback company settled its controller suit with Sony, which was also being sued by Immersion.
When Sony and Immersion settled for $121 million in 2007, Microsoft came knocking for its purported share, suing the company. Immersion said it wasn't obligated to pay Microsoft, and filed a counterclaim.
Now it appears the dispute is truly in the past. "We are pleased to resolve our outstanding dispute with Microsoft and to put this litigation behind us," said Immersion CEO Clent Richardson in a statement.
Source Edge Online.
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